Budapest Wine Festival
September 10 - September 13
Location: Buda Castle terraces
The Budapest International Wine Festival is a great opportunity to taste award-winning Hungarian wines, and this year the best of Chilean wines and gastronomy.
This is one of our most favourite festivals in Hungary which we try to visit each year.
Even if you are not a wine lover you will find something that picks your interest:
- fine food – there’s a gastro promenade offering quality streetfood and culinary specialties,
- cultural programs,
- children activities.
Overall a wonderful atmopshere within a historical setting!Quick Links: Opening Hours – Getting There – Tickets – Main Programs – Gastronomy – Concerts & Other Programs on the Main Stage – For Children – Wine Couples – Wine University
During the Festival You Can
- learn about the history of local wines and wine growing,
- meet renowned wine makers,
- listen to folk music and concerts,
- taste gastronomy delicacies
- enjoy the scenic view from the terraces of Buda Castle
- taste delightful wines,
- meet and or make friends.
Every wine maker in Hungary that counts will be present so don’t hesitate to go up to the castle and explore the taste of Hungary stands.
Wines in Buda Castle
Besides local wines – around 200 wineries from all parts of Hungary – , several foreign wine distributors exhibit their products as well.
The festival consists of several events that take place at different venues over the first week in September.
- Sept 10 – 11. (Thurs – Fri): 14.00 – 24.00
- Sept 12. (Sat): 12.00 – 24.00
- Sept 13. (Sun): 12.00 – 22.00
Cashiers close at 1 hour before closing time!
For further information check the organizer’s website.
Terraces of the Royal Palace in Buda
TIP: Learn more about the Budapest International Wine Festival’s main venue, the historic Buda Castle District.
- by bus No. 16 from Pest (Deák Ferenc stop, M1, M2 M3 metros)
- by buses No. 16. , No. 16A, and No. 116 from Széll Kálmán tér in Buda (M2 metro or tram 6 stop)
- by funicular form Clark Adam tér (Buda end of the Chain Bridge).
- one-day ticket (bought on the spot): 3 900 HUF/person – upon validating your ticket at the entrance you’ll be given a crystal tasting glass and a small glass holding bag. Ticket holders can visit the permanent exhibits of the Budapest History Museum (housed in the Royal Palace, building “E”).
- 4-day pass (bought on the spot): 7 000 HUF/person,
- entry is free for children under 14 – they will receive a special wristband at the cashier.
Depending on the wine maker and the quality of the wine, price of 1 dl wine starts from around 500 – 600 HUF.
For a pricier glass you will pay around 2 000 – 3 000/dl.
Payment at the Festival
The festival is cash-free meaning that the Festipay electronic paycard is used.
You can get it for 500 HUF deposit and load money on it – with cash or credit card (in this case 200 HUF will be deducted as handling fee), – at several booths,
Minimum amount you can put on the card is 2 000 HUF, max. 290 000 HUF) for paying for wines, food and other services.
Free internet access is provided at the whole area of the Wine Festival.
Wine Exhibition and Fair in the Buda Castle
Venue: Buda Castle – Palace terraces,
More than 200 wine distributors exhibit their products from Hungarian wine regions and foreign countries as well.
A novelty this year that thematic routes help visitors find their way around the dazzlingly wide selection of local wineries and wines.
Taste of Hungary Stands, Gourmet Street Food
At the Taste of Hungary stands you can sample the cream-of-the-crop of Hungarian wines, mostly those that are awardees of the prestigious Vinagora International Wine Competition.
So you can stroll along:
- the Villányi Korzó (Maczkó, Malatinszky, Tiffán Wineries to name a few),
- the Egri Csillag Promenade (Gál Tibor Winery, Thummerer Cellar, St. Andrea Wine Estate etc.),
- among the cellars of Szekszárd (Dúzsi Winery, Eszterbauer Winery, Heimann Estate, Mészáros Winehouse & Cellar etc.) ) or
- in the courts of Tokaj Wines (Szent Tamás Vineyard c Winery, Tokaj Kereskedőház, Patricius Winery etc.).
Grab some tasty street food between two glasses of wine on the gastro promenade (see attached map of the food court):
- Országkonyha – unique treats by Krisztián Huszár chef
- Grilled meets, cheeses, organic fruit syrups at the Regnum Terasz (Booth No. 70),
- Kanálka – homemade chutneys and vegatable patés, pasta sauces (Booth No. 3)
- Ami Burger – tasty hamburgers (Booth No. 21)
- Szittya Pita – oven-baked bread pizza and sandwiches filled with grilled meat, sausages but you can also have vegetarian option (Booth No. 98)
- Gléda Vendéglő – typical Hungarian fare prepared in a modern way (Booth No. 29)
- SNOCK – an innovative savoury snack to have with wine
- PizzaMe – Italian-style pizza (Booth No. 99)
- Fresh Corner – French hot-dog, hamburger, lemondae and coffee (Booth No. 22)
- Rétes Műhely Rétesház – sweet and savoury strudels (Booth No. 110)
- Dziugas – Lithuanian matured cheese (Booth No. 73)
- Kürtöskalács (Sekler cake) – by Vitéz Kürtös (Booth No. 32).
Taste local culinary delicacies in the Országkonyha section of the festival in the Oroszlános udvar (Lion Court):
- roast and grilled meats,
- stuffed cabbage will be made in open-air kitchens.
For special delights visit the Füst és Buborék who will be focusing on Eger wines and leaven!
At the Terra Tuffola stand you can have your fill of gourmet dishes based on the fragrant mushroom (Booth No. 68).
The Gerbeaud Confectionery provides for the desserts usually offering a novelty besides their assortment of cakes, pastries and ice cream.
Bolka will also offer delicacies for those with sweet tooth.
Those who wish to have lighter snacks can choose from
- töki pompos (a flat bread-like pastry baked in oven), and
- a selection of cheeses.
Don’t hesitate to bring your children too, there are programs for them as well.
The Creative Corner in the Oroszlános Court welcomes the little ones from 12.00 till 18.00 on Saturday and Sunday.
Thye can try their hands at traditional felt making, creating handprints, cork figurines, and keyrings.
Children under 12 years of age receive a special wristband at the cashier on which you can write the child’s anme and your phone number.
Three other stages offer programs besides the main Festival stage:
- 90.9 Jazzy Radio Stage,
- Savoyai Stage and
- Oroszlános Stage.
05. September, Thursday
18.00 Opening of the Festival
18:30 Gergely Dánielfy – Utazók (Travellers)
21:00 Kiscsillag – Hungarian alternative rock band
06. September, Friday
17:00 Káel Norbert and Jazzical Trio
19.00 Lukács Miklós – Balog Kálmán dulcimer duo
21.30 Sárközy Lajos and his band
07. September, Saturday
14:30 Oláh Kálmán Jr Quartet
16:00 Gáspár Károly Trio
17.30 Berdisz Művek
19.30 Jazz concert
08. September, Sunday
13:30 Introduction of the Wine Orders
13:45 Kertész Dance Ensemble and Angyalföldi Vadrózsák
14:30 Fanfara complexa
15:45 Muzsikás Gala – with many contributors
17.30 Hungarian National Dance Ensemble: Kalotaszeg
Three other stages welcome visitors with concerts and dance:
- at Halászófiú Terrace (in front of the National Gallery, overlooking the Danube)
- Savoyai Terrace (south of Halászófiú Terasz) and
- Oroszlános Udvar (Lion’s Court)
Date: September 02., 16.00-19.00, Lectures and tastings in Hungarian
Venue: MOM Cultutal Centre, Cupola room (Csörsz u. 18., district XII.)
Tickets: 4 500 HUF/person/day
- All about wines of the Lake Balaton region
The Wine University welcomes everyone who want learn more about wine, wine making as well as tasting. The lectures are presented in Hungarian.
The place is a real tribute to Hungarian wines where you can sample the best bottles from the country’s 22 wine regions.
Reserve a tasting program with guiding!
Some wineries offer the special opportunity to taste 2 wines that are similar in most ascpects but differ in one characteristic.
This allows a more in-depth tasting and relaxed conversations with the wine makers.
For example this year you can taste the following wine pairs on the festival (the list is only a selection, you can taste many more wine couples).
- Merlot Selection 2015 – merlot Selection 2016 – Bognár Winery, Villány (Booth No. 127)
- Günzer Ördögárok 2009 – Günzer Ördögárok 2016 (Villány) – a mature and a young red from a legendary plot – (Booth No. 131)
- Eger Bull’s Blood 1999 – Eger Bull’s Blood 2006 – Challenge du Vin Gold medal wines from 2 different years, Dula Winery, Eger (Booth No. 35)
- Kamocsay Premium Chardonnay 2017 – Hilltop Chardonnay 2018, Hilltop Wienry, Neszmély (Booth No. 27)
- 2 wines by several wineries from the Villány region: Malatinszky Organic Wine Estate, Gere Attila Winery, Csányi Winery and a couple of others
Folk Dance & Folk Music Gala, 09. September, Sunday
Performances on the main stage and 3 other stages.
Spectacular music and dance show by the Fonó Budai Zeneház and other ensembles and folk music bands.
Come to the Hungarian capital in early September, and enjoy not only the warm and sunny end-of-summer weather but the programs of the Budapest Wine Festival!
And taste great Hungarian wines!
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